Area schools receive another $6.6M from FEMA for flood recovery

Area schools receive another $6.6M from FEMA for flood recovery

(WAFB) - An additional $6.6 million will help schools damaged by the August 2016 flooding. This money brings the total to nearly $67 million FEMA has designated for schools.

FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) program will pay for projects such as temporary facilities, basketball court enhancements, and fencing and team maintenance equipment in Tangipahoa, Ascension, East Feliciana, and East Baton Rouge Parishes. Funding will also help pay for emergency protective measures, construction, remediation, and utility assistance in these parishes.

As of March 17, FEMA's PA has designated over $317 million to reimburse local and state governments, as well as provide some non-profits with the funds top repair or replace damaged facilities and infrastructure. The money also covers debris removal and emergency responses activities in the designated parishes.

FEMA's PA program aims to help repair or replace critical infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, public buildings, and schools. The program also encourages protection from future events by providing assistance for some hazard mitigation measures. PA offers supplemental financial assistance on a cost-sharing basis and typically reimburses 75 percent of eligible PA expenses. However, FEMA is currently reimbursing applicants 90 percent of eligible PA expenses given the magnitude of the August flooding.

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